Insurance Journal » Don Jergler http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Rescission Decision Averts $43M in Damages in California Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326656.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326656 Attorneys representing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. averting what could have been a $43 million payout in damages this week characterized the California court case a cautionary tale for insurers. The case is Heide Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al., and …

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California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/09/325918.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:30:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325918 Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a profit, according to recommendations made Wednesday from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ …

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Another Auto Insurance Report for California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/08/325813.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:20:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325813 Another player has entered the ranks of organizations that deliver a report relating to auto insurance in California every year. The “2014 California Car Insurance Landscape Report” released on Tuesday is the first of many regular reports to come from …

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Confie Head Eyes Commercial Acquisitions for Rest of 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/04/325581.htm Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:27:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325581 Confie Seguros’ president wants it known that the agency made good on its promise a year-and-a-half ago to up its buying spree and expand into standard personal and small commercial lines, all while broadening its demographic from being primarily a …

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Poll’s Preemptive Strike Against Colorado Rideshare Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/31/324875.htm Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:44:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324875 Days before a key vote in Colorado Legislature on ridesharing regulation a large insurer has come out with a poll that shows the majority of Coloradans believe rideshare companies should cover their drivers with commercial insurance. No one has so …

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Rideshare Questions Linger in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/27/324656.htm Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:05:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324656 While Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has recommended that insurance should be required to cover the “app on, no match” period when rideshare drivers are between fares, that doesn’t seem to have ended the debate – or efforts to further regulate …

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TNCs, Insurers Square off at California Hearing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/21/324004.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:06:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324004 Update: California Commissioner Dave Jones made his initial recommendations on insurance issues and transportation network companies. Update: Excess and surplus carrier James River Insurance Co. said it’s not leaving the business despite reports from some TNCs at a public hearing last week …

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Small Workers’ Comp Carrier Exits California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/18/323645.htm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:23:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323645 Public Service Mutual Insurance Co.’s exit from California’s workers’ compensation market isn’t a reflection of the health of the state’s workers’ comp system, according to the California Department of Insurance. The workers’ comp carrier is part of the Magna Carta …

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Uber Announces New Policy to Cover Gap http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/14/323329.htm Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:48:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323329 Ridesharing company Uber on Friday said it has new insurance to cover a gap between personal and commercial policies when drivers are using the app-based ridesharing service, while the company’s CEO said the San Franciscso-based firm is also working with …

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Colorado Bill Would Exclude Uber Drivers Until Summoned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/10/322867.htm Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:17:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322867 A bill on ridesharing in Colorado passed by state Senate on Monday paints a “bright line” between when users of the app-based services are driving for personal reasons and when they are providing a commercial service. Senate Bill 125 would …

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Former California State Fund Executive Fined for Conflict of Interest http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/03/10/322492.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322492 A former top executive at California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has admitted to charges of a conflict of interest in awarding contacts to a software firm while he was at State Fund, it was made public in February by the …

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Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp Reform May Fall Short http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/07/322750.htm Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:51:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322750 California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working for the most part, but some of the savings may not materialize thanks to pressure on the system, according to Dave Bellusci, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief actuary at the …

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Secret Service Agent Says Many Cyber Breaches Go Unreported http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/07/322748.htm Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:48:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322748 Many breaches in data security may be going unreported by American businesses. That’s according to Kirk Arthur, supervisory special agent for the U.S. Secret Service’s San Francisco field office. “Businesses simply don’t report it,” said Arthur, who was speaking in …

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Seattle Mayor Warns of Uber Crackdown http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/27/321699.htm Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:04:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321699 Uber Technologies Inc. and other taxi services that let people summon drivers by smartphone might be shut down in Seattle if they don’t carry more insurance, Mayor Ed Murray said. “They have to start accepting a certain level of regulation,” …

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Southern California’s Construction Sector Continues to Heat http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/02/24/320822.htm Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320822 Southern California’s construction sector continues to gain momentum, making good on positive outlooks issued late last year, and agents and brokers who deal in this segment can’t be any happier – especially those who remember the historically rough times that …

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Former California State Fund Executive Fined for Conflict of Interest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/21/321272.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:23:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321272 A former top executive at California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has admitted to charges of a conflict of interest in awarding contacts to a software firm while he was at State Fund, it was made public on Friday by the …

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Southern California’s Construction Sector Continues to Heat http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/12/320353.htm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:30:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320353 Southern California’s construction sector continues to gain momentum, making good on positive outlooks issued late last year, and agents and brokers who deal in this segment can’t be any happier – especially those who remember the historically rough times that …

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Barney & Barney CEO Speaks Out on MMA Acquisition http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/10/320073.htm Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:48:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320073 Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC has acquired San Diego, Calif.-based Barney & Barney LLC, making Barney & Barney MMA’s Western regional hub. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Barney & Barney CEO Paul Hering, who will continue to …

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Transportation Network Companies, Uber Liability Gap Worry Insurers http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/02/10/319387.htm Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319387 There’s a growing concern over a gap between personal and commercial insurance where ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are concerned – and slowly states and cities across the country are taking a look at how liability should be handled …

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Infantino Named Education Director for Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/02/06/319668.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319668 Laurie Infantino, AFIS, CIC, CISC, CISR, ACSR, CRIS, has been named Education Director of Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance. The insurance education professional will focus on the quality of the instructors and the education content offered by Insurance Journal’s Academy …

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WRN Southern California Cluster Arises http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/30/318961.htm Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:43:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318961 Three previously unrelated Southern California insurance agencies have formed a cluster to share large clients, pool resources, ensure perpetuation, maintain independence – and to grow their cluster. Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance, L/B/W Insurance and Vinsa Insurance Associates have formed a …

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NAMIC Frets Over Workers’ Comp Bills in Hawaii http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/30/318959.htm Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:09:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318959 There are several workers’ compensation-related bills moving through Hawaii state legislature that one trade group is watching closely. The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is keeping its eye on three workers’ comp-related bills the group worries can impact costs …

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Autonomous Vehicle Testing Regulations for California Coming Soon http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/01/27/317860.htm Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317860 If you think Google when you think about autonomous vehicles driving the streets, you’re leaving out the rest of the players in what some see as the future of the auto industry. If fact, there are enough players in the autonomous …

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California Workers’ Comp IMR Working: Study, Government http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/01/27/317862.htm Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317862 A key part to California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working, according to a new study and the people running the system. More than 95 percent of workers’ comp medical treatment requests are approved following the utilization review and independent …

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Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/23/318236.htm Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:14:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318236 A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …

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Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/17/317586.htm Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:44:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317586 Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

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Autonomous Vehicle Testing Regulations for California Coming Soon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/16/317476.htm Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:13:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317476 If you think Google when you think about autonomous vehicles driving the streets, you’re leaving out the rest of the players in what some see as the future of the auto industry. If fact, there are enough players in the autonomous …

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California Workers’ Comp IMR Working: Study, Government http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/14/317134.htm Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:48:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317134 A key part to California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working, according to a new study and the people running the system. More than 95 percent of workers’ comp medical treatment requests are approved following the utilization review and independent …

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California Tops ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/01/13/316340.htm Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316340 California isn’t just a warm place to live, which is often the case even in winter, but it turns out the state is considered a “judicial hellhole.” The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual ”Judicial Hellholes” report as 2013 was …

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Transportation Network Companies, Uber Gap Worries Insurers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/10/316839.htm Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:25:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316839 The tragedy of a young girl who was killed on New Year’s Eve by a motorist on contract with a cellphone app-based ridesharing service has at least one insurance group speaking up even louder to drive home a point they’ve …

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